DAAD Architecten

Bergen International Woodfestival

Het ontwerp ‘Running Wood’ ontworpen door Herman Prast (PRASTHOOFT) en Geir Eide (DAAD Architecten) heeft de eerste prijs gewonnen bij het Bergen International Woodfestival 2006 te Bergen, Noorwegen. 24 Teams uit heel Europa deden mee om in een week tijd een ruimtelijk object van hout te realiseren. Aan het einde van een week timmerwerk ontstond in het park bij Bergenhus Festning een buitenlucht tentoonstelling van ruimtelijke objecten gemaakt van houten latten (48×48).

‘Running Wood’ is about using simple geometrical forms to create complex spatial structures. In this case a repetitive square creating a transparent box and 17 crosses consecutively turned 10 degrees.

From a distance, in frontal view, the centre of the cross is exploding in all directions, but contained within the square. While approaching it becomes clear the work is much more spacious.
Inside the space opens up, allowing the eye to experience the curved spaces.

As one moves through the object, some of the experience is physical and some is visual. There is a tension between the free flowing space and the restricted route within the box. The crosses create an ever changing space but also force the observer to move from the left to right between the spaces on his way through. While moving in this direction the order of the curved space dissolves into chaos, turning back into a different order. Seeing it, wishing to be in the curved space but being unable to enter it, is the contradiction between body and mind. The space of the square is always physical. The spectator is always aware of its containment.

The half open walls of the box allow the sunlight in to play a beautiful game of light and shadow with the turning cross.